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by Tori Sharp

To celebrate the release of 'Dolores', The Wandering Hearts paint us a picture of their future.

Country music and folk-Americana are all about storytelling and rising country trio The Wandering Hearts do it oh-so-well. Their latest track ‘Dolores’ is no exception – a poignant and gentle acoustic lament to the late Dolores O’Riordan. The song is soothing and uncomplicated, yet the lyrics hit powerfully, reminding us about the importance of sharing your troubles and not suffering alone. The central chorus repeating the adage “Everyone’s fighting a battle you know nothing about”.

The timeliness of the release reflects a feeling that resonates for most people at the moment, The Wandering Hearts explain: “when we recorded Dolores, we had no idea what lay ahead and the toll the pandemic would take on our own and other people’s mental health. The song feels like a timely reminder to be kind to yourself and others as we come out of lockdown.” We have all been through it this past year and looking forward, tracks like these remind us why we love and listen to music. ‘Dolores’ strikes a chord, both with the mesmerising three-part harmonies and the tender lyrics.

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

We could try to draw a picture?! We guess it depends on what happens in the next few years, post-Covid. But people are always gonna have stories to tell and will always be drawn to make music, and people are always gonna wanna listen to music but how that divide is bridged in the future is hard to say. Right now, it feels like it could go one way or the other, depending on who’s in control. Maybe art will all be super controlled and processed for the consumer for maximum gain or maybe it’ll go all grassroots and there’ll be Mad Max Thunderdome arenas for bands. That would definitely be more fun. And a more interesting picture to draw!!

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

It would be pretty cool to collab with Lukas Nelson and his band The Promise of the Real. We opened their show at Shepherds Bush Empire in London and Lukas called us on stage to sing Find Yourself with him and the band – it was the biggest buzz! They are insanely talented and definitely have a lot of fun, so it would be amazing to play with them again.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have played some of our dream venues already – we will never forget the feeling of stepping onto the stage at the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Glastonbury would obviously be a dream, as would somewhere madly scenic like Red Rocks or a cool place with a load of history like the Troubadour in LA.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

HOPEFULLY, within the next year, things will have managed to return to some kind of normality, so we aim to be taking our new album on the road, playing to our fans and reaching new listeners around the world. Basically, trying to make up for everything we missed in 2020! We’ve really missed connecting with people in real life and can’t wait to play shows. We feel so lucky that we finished recording our new album in Woodstock, NY before the pandemic hit and it’s coming out on 30 July!

The next 5 years?

Who knows?! The last five years have gone by so quickly and as much as we’ve learned in that time, it always feels as though this is just the beginning and we have a long way to go! There is so much that we want to do and hopefully we can keep learning and keep on making and playing music that we love, and other people love too.

Press play on The Wandering Hearts’ ‘Dolores’ below now…

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